“A Scoop of Love” Release Day Blitz & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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You know how every once in a while you’re really in the mood to curl up with a sweet love story? I’m talking about one of those tender books that leave you with a sigh and a smile. Well, if you’re in that kind of mood, have I got a treat for you! Read on to get all the deets about the latest release by an author who’s mastered the art of literary romance.


scoop_of_love_coverTitle: A Scoop of Love

Author: Unoma Nwankwor

Released: January 30th 2015

Publisher: KevStel Group LLC

ASIN: B00RPI2616

Genre: Christian Romantic Fiction

About The Book

The oldest of the Danjuma brothers, Rasheed was a self-made man. He’d learned at an early age that love and commitment brought with it complications he didn’t want to deal with. His single-minded focus had paid off. He was able to step into the shoes of his absentee father by taking care of his mother and twin brothers. But just when he thought he could stop carrying the weight of his family on his shoulders, he gets a call that could change the trajectory of Rasheed’s life.

Ibiso Jaja, a professional caterer, had gambled on the love of a man and lost. Through the redeeming love of God, she had picked herself up and was now living her dream as the owner of Bisso Bites, a bistro in the heart of Abuja. However circumstances conspire to threaten the bistro and bring her face to face with the type of man she has vowed to avoid. The attraction is instant.

Once again, Rasheed is forced to do something he has done all his life – put the needs of his family ahead of his own. This time however, he crosses path with the sassy, independent, Jesus-loving caterer who is bent on making him see the power of forgiveness and God’s love. Just when Rasheed lets his guard down, a deadly sabotage causes old demons to rise. Will Rasheed continue to pursue power and success or surrender to the light of God’s love?

About The Author

Unoma Nwankwor is a self- proclaimed romantic. She is passionate about telling stories that are uplifting and life changing sending the message of faith, hope and love. Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice.

Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013) and When You Let Go (May,2014).

Social Links

Website: http://www.unomanwankwor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNwankworAuthor?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unwankwor

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1BwlGpJ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1CxctyI

Faith Simone says: One of the aspects I enjoy most about Unoma’s books is the glimpse she gives into African culture! Are you a fan of multicultural fiction? Do you often read books with settings and characters of other cultures and races?

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Book Blast & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway with Author Michelle Lindo Rice!

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It’s only a few days ’til Christmas and I’m happy to host an author who wants to participate in the spirit of the season by giving away an Amazon gift card!  (Deets below).  It was just about a year ago when I first interviewed author Michelle Lindo-Rice on what was then, a brand new blog. Man, time flies! Michelle is back to tell us about her new release: Unbound Hearts. It’s an interracial Christian romance novel that I’m pretty sure will tug at your heartstrings. Grab a Kleenex ’cause the book description alone may have you twisted! 

 
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Book Description:

Would you hire the person responsible for your losing both your legs?

Before he lost both his limbs, Jasper Orion was on his way to being voted Most Valuable Player in the National Football League. A man of faith, his faith in God remains unshaken and he starts his own business. With God’s leading Jasper decides to hire Charmaine Evans, the woman responsible for his demise. But, unexpectedly, Jasper develops feelings for his newest employee. He longs to hold her in his arms. Wheelchair bound, will Jasper’s love for Charmaine motivate him to walk again?

A backslidden Christian, Charmaine Evans’ ambitions left her broke, unemployed and a social pariah. Guilt-ridden, she returned home to Port Charlotte, FL to lick her wounds. To Charmaine’s surprise, Jasper not only offers her forgiveness but also a job when no one else would. Charmaine marvels at Jasper’s faith while grappling with her own. Bound by her past, will Charmaine learn to accept God’s plan for her heart and her life?

Read The First Chapter of Unbound Hearts HERE!

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Michelle Lindo-Rice enjoys crafting women’s fiction with themes centered around the four “F” words: Faith, Friendship, Family and Forgiveness. Her first published work, Sing A New Song, was a Black Expressions featured selection. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Michelle Lindo-Rice calls herself a lifelong learner.

She has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Teachers College, Columbia University. When she moved to Florida, she enrolled in Argosy University where she completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. A pastor’s kid, Michelle upholds the faith, preaching, teaching and ministering through praise and worship. Feel free to connect with her at michellelindorice.com

You can read her testimony, learn about her books, PLEASE join her mailing list, or read a sample chapter at michellelindorice.com

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Michelle Lindo-Rice and is hosted and managed by Paulette from Write Now Literary Book Tours. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Paulette @ pharperjohnson@gmail.com

Lovenia Leapart is in Our Author Spotlight!

Author Lovenia Leopart
Author Lovenia Leopart

What’s your name or pen name? 

Laura Lynn Monk (romance) Lovenia Leapart (Fiction)

What are your genres?

Romance & Fiction

What have you written? 

 Marked by Temptation (romance) and Girls Don’t Play Guitar, available for pre-order.

51GgXhmtCrLWhen did you begin your writing career?

In 2004 when I decided to get a MA in English/Creative Writing

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

Part-time, but I’m in going through the somewhat extreme process of trying to turn it into full-time.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.) 

I like to write during the day, mornings are ideal (hence my strong desire to make the transition to full-time).  My ideas for characters are often birthed while listening to music, especially while driving.  When I’m writing dialogue, I often have instrumental (or very soft vocals) music playing in the background.  When I need to render an emotional scene, I like to listen to music that helps me get into that emotional space.  But when I’m working on plot, I need silence and I often work that out while walking.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing? 

Not really, though I know I should and that I’m breaking a major writers’ rule by not doing it.  That being said, I do often do morning pages as prescribed by Julia Cameron in the Artists Way (my creative living bible)

What’s your inspiration? 

Music and Life

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I have no idea, but whatever it is, I hope it includes messages of inspiration.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

To read and write as much as often as you can.  And to continually surround yourself by things and people that affirm your aspirations.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

Who Asked You – Terry McMillan and A Week in Winter – Maeve Binchey

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What are you currently working on?

My novel, Consolation Prize

Latest release and book blurb?  

Girls Don’t Play Guitar, which is a short story in an Anthology entitled, Our Lives in Sketches.

Blurb –“I was twelve years old when I first experienced my own soul.” This line from Lovenia Leapart’s“Girls Don’t Play Guitar,” captures the spirit of this collection of short fiction by new and emerging writers. The stories survey a variety of issues affecting African American women through the theme of searching for one’s self and identity.

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Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book? 

The main character in Girls Don’t Play Guitar is a female jazz musician who has had to go against the grain and embrace the calling to play the guitar during a time when being a woman and and having an interest in jazz music meant either learning to play the piano or being a vocalist. A good actress for this part would be Jada Pinkett Smith, I think. The main character in Marked by Temptation is a librarian who’s recently been laid off.  She’s smart, full-figured, and a bit too shy for her own good. I think Sanaa Lathan would be great for this role.

How can we purchase your work?  

Girls Don’t Play Guitar at Plenarybooks.com (publisher’s website) and Marked by Temptation at Amira Press (publisher’s website), Amazon, or Barnes & Noble online for download as it is an eBook.

How can we stay in touch with you?

Website: http://www.loveniais.com/

Facebook: Lovenia Annisa

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Ann Fields is in our Author Spotlight!

Author: Ann Fields
Author: Ann Fields

What’s your name or pen name?

Most of my works are written under my real name, Ann Fields. However, my romance novels are written under my pen name of Anna Lawrence.

What are your genres?

I started my writing career in 1990 as a romance writer. I wrote four full-length romance novels and one romance novella for a Mother’s Day collection. All published by Kensington Publishing Company or Black Entertainment Television. Then, I woke up one day and realized romance writing was no longer a challenge so I took a screenwriting class and wrote a couple of screenplays. I learned I don’t like screenwriting nearly as much as novel writing so I turned to mainstream writing and ended up writing several novels as well as many short stories.

What have you written?

My published works include:  After Hours, Second Time Around, Love Everlasting, Bouquet and Give and Take. Unfortunately, these titles are out of print. I do however have available my latest book, Fuller’s Curse, a short story in an anthology titled The Writer’s Block:  A Legacy of African American Literature, and a non-fiction book on time management for writers titled, Stop Stalling and Write.

When did you begin your writing career?

I bought a new car in 1990 and wanted to pay it off sooner than the payment terms so I thought about ways to earn extra money and decided to do what I love — write. So even though I didn’t acquire my first publishing contract until 1995 I count 1990 as the start of my writing career because that’s when I made the conscious decision to follow my passion.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I alternate between writing full and part-time. Since 2010, I have been writing full-time but recently, I needed more money to market and promote my book so I took a short assignment. As soon as I wrap up the assignment, I’ll be back writing full-time and marketing my works. In the meantime, I am writing and marketing part-time in the evenings and weekends. To acquire more time to write, I refuse more social engagements than I accept and I prioritize my life. Finally, I try not to allow anything to interfere with or upstage my writing time. When I’m writing, I write.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)

When it is time to write, I draft a scene per writing session. The next time I sit down to write, I edit and refine that scene and draft the next scene. And so on and so on… I find this method works best for me rather than trying to write a certain number of pages or words per session. I also monitor my energy level. When I feel myself starting to tire, I wrap up that writing session. I find that works best for me rather than try to force the writing. As far as my writing environment, I prefer to write in silence and I am lucky that I can write anyplace–coffee shop, library, home, etc. I do have one requirement (other than my laptop) and that is to have my ratty, old black sweater with me. I’ve had that sweater forever and it’s been with me during the writing of most of my books.

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I am a journal writer. I find it very therapeutic and comforting. It is the only occasion I can be 100 per cent honest, 100 per cent of the time. I received my first journal–a diary really–when I was in seventh grade. My first “boyfriend” gave it to me as a gift. I wrote in it but fell more in love with article-writing for the school paper and writing short stories. So the journal was demoted. I picked journal writing back up in the early 2000s when I started trying to find my true life path. Now, I rarely miss a day journaling. What’s interesting is that I use less stream of consciousness writing nowadays and more targeted writing related to my dreams, spiritual impressions and ‘dejavues’. I guess my journals have become a way to understand the deeper meaning of life and purpose. I don’t really know if there is a connection between journal writing and my professional writing. I guess some of the spiritual truths I uncovered in journaling have found their way into my novels but again, I really use journal writing as a way to learn more about Ann and this thing called life.

What’s your inspiration?

My inspiration to write comes from my desire to fulfill my life purpose. I am on this Earth to write. My ministry is writing. I am unhappy when I allow too many days to pass by without putting words on paper. I can’t imagine life without the power and magic of words, or reading a great story, or writing a passage that makes my soul sing, or creating a character that feels as real as my family. I get so excited when I start a new project and the excitement comes full circle when I type ‘the end.’ It feels good to create, to go from an idea to a finished manuscript. There’s no joy like it for me.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

If I can make readers think… If I can challenge a reader’s paradigm… If I can entertain or touch a reader’s emotions…then I claim that as my legacy. I also enjoy working with aspiring writers and helping them achieve their writing dreams. If I can lead one person to write one book or direct a budding writer through the publishing process or introduce the joy of creative writing to kids…then that too I consider a worthy legacy.

Author: Ann Fields
Author: Ann Fields

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Don’t expect too much too soon. It takes time to learn to write at a level that is worthy of publishing. Then, it takes time to build an audience, to connect with readers. Give yourself lots of time. Use your “introductory” time to learn the craft of writing, learn the business end of writing and familiarize yourself with marketing.

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

I am a broad reader. On my bookshelf and e-reader, you’ll find thrillers, horror, mainstream, women’s fiction, children’s, and teens. I also enjoy reading poetry, short story collections, non-fiction and greeting cards.

What are you currently working on?

The sequel to Fuller’s Curse occupies my writing mind currently. I had not planned for Fuller’s Curse to be a sequel but midway through the rewrites, a second storyline came to me and next thing I know the Tremont family is demanding I write their story. So I am working on Tremont’s Curse, and really liking where it is going even though I am a year out from ‘the end.’

Latest release and book blurb?

Fuller’s Curse

Deborah Fuller-King is a bored homemaker who finds new purpose for her life when she adopts her daughter’s school project—completing the Fuller family tree. In search of her roots, she travels from Dallas to Partway, Texas where in the 1860’s Charles Fuller, a newly-freed African American slave, founded the town that was originally named Fullertown. There, her genealogical research reveals some terrifying information about her family—part fact, part legend. While delving into the facts, hoping to disprove the legend of the BlackHeart, family members begin to die horrible deaths—one by one. Alarmed and frightened, Deborah turns to the one person who knows everything about the family…Mattie Fuller.

Ninety-something-year-old Mattie knows the answers that Deborah seeks, but she’s not ready to share her knowledge with Deborah. Not yet. She could tell Deborah all about the curse that shadows their family, but to share the information would unleash a hell storm that would destroy the entire Fuller clan. Instead, Mattie confides the only thing that can be done to save the Fullers—a sacrifice so complete that it would free not only the Fullers, but other cursed families.

Does Deborah have the courage to complete the saving act and thereby end the Fuller’s curse?

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Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?

I actually have three main characters in Fuller’s Curse. Deborah Fuller-King is a dedicated nurturer to a workaholic husband and a college-bound daughter. She appears simple on the surface but is actually complex because of her emotional depth brought on by difficult life experiences. The major decision or act in the storyline rests on her shoulders. She carries the heavy load in the story. The actress who could bring her to life on the screen is either Alfre Woodard or Viola Davis. Mattie Fuller is another character on which the story pivots. She is a strong presence. Quiet, short of words, but larger-than-life. Of all the characters in this book she came to me first and in vivid form. She is a presence to be dealt with and therefore would require a really strong senior actress to pull her off. Maybe Ruby Dee. Rounding out the top three characters is Hope King. She was the quietest of the three characters; I had trouble getting her to open to me but she, like her mother, is surprisingly complex. I really like KeKe Palmer for the role of Hope.

How  can we purchase your work?

Fuller’s Curse is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online e-tailers as well as independent bookstores across the nation. Stop Stalling and Write is available on Smashwords.

How can we stay in touch with you?

www.annfields.com

https://www.facebook.com/AnnFieldsAuthor?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/ann_fields

http://www.linkedin.com/nhome/?nuxComplete=true&trk=nux-full-home

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